It's time to rescue the word self

For too long, it has been maligned by being used in ways that have a negative connotation:

  • selfish
  • self-indulgent
  • self-centered
  • self-absorbed
  • self-serving

But self is important. It's who we are, and we are the only true steward our self has. If we don't care for and honor ourselves, who will? Who else will make sure that all the power and potential inside you is recognized and unleashed?

“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” ~Yogi Bhajan

“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” ~Mary Dunbar

What is self?

It is a person's essential being that distinguishes him or her from others. To that end, self is something to be cherished and nurtured. Here are some words that give self a much more positive spin:

  • self-aware
  • self esteem
  • authentic self
  • self image
  • self help
  • believe in yourself
  • self confident

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Everything worth having costs something, and the price of true love is self-knowledge.”” ~source unknown

“My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another” ~Shakti Gawain

Let's start to rescue the word self by some good old fashioned self care. For me that might look like making healthier choices around eating and exercise. Or perhaps an acknowledgement that I can't give pieces of my time away without priority or consequence. What would self-care look like for you?

Photo credit: Photo by Ben Schonewille via Dollar Photo Club

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